Thanks to the rather spectacular incentives and quality of life led by air hostesses, Air hostesses is a popular profession worldwide. There are some strict criteria one must fulfil to become an air hostess but the education qualification is not the most crucial part of becoming an air hostess.
So what does it take? How to become an Air Hostess?
Well, follow along for the details on the steps you should follow so that you can become one.
What is an Air Hostess?
Air Hostess are the aircrew members with the prime responsibility of making the flight more convenient and pleasurable to passengers by ensuring their safety and comfort. The career opportunities for an air hostess is appealing since both travelling and inflight service is getting more hype day by day.
Air Hostesses or flight attendants or flight stewards are the very souls of inflight service. In fact, it wouldn’t be an overstatement or exaggeration to label Air Hostesses as brand ambassadors of an airline.
Eligibility Criteria to become an Air Hostess
- Higher Secondary Education/ 10+2/ Diploma in Hospitality or Tourism Management
- No crime history
- Unmarried (preferred, however, this might not be the case worldwide)
- Medically and physically fit
- Applicants should generally fall within the age group of 18-26.
- Good command over English and other language depending upon their country.
- Height of 157 cm and proportionate weight. (A good height-weight ratio is preferred)
- Different companies and airlines have different policies to hire Air Hostesses. Nevertheless, the common procedure for the selection of air hostesses includes
Skills required to become an Air Hostess
- Excellent Communication Skills
Excellent Communication skills- clear speech, good command over English or other languages depending on the airlines and country- and captivating songs is something every air hostess should possess.
- Time Management
- Empathetic and Reassuring skills
In case of emergency, air hostesses need to maintain their cool, reassure the passengers and make them follow the safety protocols.
- Pleasing Personality
Since Ais Hostesses are required to get well with people of all age groups, cultures and dispositions, they should have a pleasing personality. This encompasses friendly behaviours and social abilities.
- Professionalism and Patience
As an Air hostess, you will be meeting with all sorts of people. While some of your clients could be pleasing and understanding, this cannot be said for every flight attendants. In such circumstances, Air Hostesses need to have patience and show utmost professionalism.
What are the roles and responsibilities of an Air Hostess?
- Air Hostess need to attend the pre-flight briefing where they are assigned tasks and informed about any specific jobs, working positions, details of peculiar/ special passengers who might need extra care (passengers in a wheelchair and so on) for the upcoming flight.
- Carrying out the pre-flight job duty from ensuring the cleanliness of aircraft to checking the safety equipment and first aids. They also need to make sure all that the meals and drinks that are to be served is stocked and fresh.
- Welcoming travellers on board and directing them to their seats politely.
- Guiding the passengers store their hand luggage away safely.
- Informing passengers about safety procedures, checking seatbelts and galley before the plane takes off.
- Handle rude passengers who are/could create discomfort to others in a polite, firm and professional manner.
- Observe well so as to ensure any suspicious events or items.
- Making necessary announcements and patiently answering the questions of the passengers.
- Serving reading materials, meals and refreshments to passengers.
- In event of an emergency, reassure passengers and make them follow the safety procedures.
- Hand out first aids if necessary.
- Preparing for emergency landings of evacuations of passengers if needed.
- Ensuring that the patients land safely, checking and ensuring that passengers have not left behind the luggage.
- Completing paperwork such as a flight report.
Steps to Becoming a Successful Air Hostess
Get a relevant diploma or an undergraduate degree
Getting High School Diploma is the minimum education required to be an air hostess. That doesn’t mean you have to stop there. You can get relevant diplomas and undergraduate degrees which can hone your skills, improve your English fluency, teach you to manage people more effectively and so on.
An undergraduate degree like BBA in Aviation or similar diplomas (in communication, tourism, language, travel, public relations and so on) will enhance your skills and make you more noticeable in the eyes of your employers
These are some of the air hostess training courses and degrees you can undertake:
Name of degree
Bachelor and Master degree
Note that, depending upon your country, you may or may not have these courses or have similar courses.
Additionally, to become a successful Air Hostess, you need not mandatorily gain the above-mentioned degree before beginning your journey as an Air Hostess.
You can eventually, get these degrees and increase your skills and portfolio for better raises and jobs.
Gain work experience
If you have served customers in your job before and built a good image around it, that can be a really good plus to kick start a career in airlines as an air hostess.
Moreover, it’s okay if you have work experience in other sectors than air hostessing such as receptionist, barista, waiter/waitress etc.
Apply for air hostess positions at Airlines and appear on the selection tests
Even if you are perfect for the position, if you don’t present yourself and your skills or don’t apply to airlines, it’s not going to do you any good.
So, tailor your resume, search for vacancies in air hostess positions and fill in the application.
You might need to appear on interviews, writing tests, group discussions etc. Additionally, the airlines also conduct drug tests, vision and hearing tests and background checks to finally deem you eligible for the position.
During the final days of your training, the airline could ask you to work on a test flight as a cabin crew which will be fully monitored by the fully certified air hostess.
Get short training
After you have been hired, you need to take short training sessions which could last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks.
In this time, you will learn how the airline operates, your job responsibilities as an air hostess and safety guidelines that you are to follow.
Last but not least, you need to get certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or other equivalent bodies. After this, you will remain and work as an Air Hostess as long as the certifications last.
Mind that, if you wish to apply and work for another airline, you don’t have to re-apply for the certification but simply transfer it.
Better your people skills, and communication skills.
The steps mentioned above will guide you through becoming an Air Hostess. However, if you want to become an air hostess that leaves an impression on passengers and your employers, you need to display great social skills, radiance, listening skills, calmness, and communication skills.
Salary of an Air Hostess
The salary of Air Hostess is quite impressive given the incentives, bonuses and flexibility of working hours.
International airlines pay better than domestic airlines. The salary of air hostesses on domestic airlines ranges from USD 5,000- USD 40,000 globally.
On the other hand, the salary paid by international airlines to air hostesses ranges from USD 12,000- USD 70,000 and more per year.
Pros and Cons of Becoming Air Hostess
Advantages of becoming an Air Hostess
- Without earning a difficult degree or serious educational qualification, you can make a lucrative career that allows you to earn thousands of dollars per year.
- You will get medical benefits or insurance as a courtesy of your employer or airlines.
- You will get to travel beautiful places nationally or globally depending on the nature of the airlines you serve.
- You will get from 5-10 free tours and a heft discount on other personal tours when you are planning a trip with your family.
- Other than an attractive salary package, Air Hostess get other privileges like incentives, gratuity, retirement benefits, work trips and bonuses etc.
Disadvantages of becoming an Air Hostess
- Even if you are emotionally and mentally fit for the job, there are physical factors that the air hostess job depends on. As a result, in most airlines, air hostesses cannot work after they cross a certain age.
- You cannot get visible tattoos.
- The profession is very competitive.
- This job requires you to look and act pleasant no matter what. It could get frustrating to always manage such decorum.
- Can I become an Air Hostess if I am a male?
Yes. Gone are the days when air hostessing was just a girl profession. Now there are many airlines (sadly not all though) that accept mal as flight attendants. As a matter of fact, there are over 25,000 men today working as flight attendants.
- Is the job of Air Hostess Safe?
Other than the once in a while uncertainties and events, air hostess is a safe profession.
- Can the air hostesses get married and continue working?
There was once a time when air hostesses were compulsorily unmarried. This still remains true for many airlines. However, some airlines allow air hostesses to get married if they have served for 4 years or more in the same airlines.
- How to become an air hostess after the 10th?
No, you cannot become an air hostess after passing class 10th. You atleast need to have a high school diploma/ intermediate level education or pass class 12.